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Interesting that Cook, Vermeule and the USGS all called it "Manantico" in the 19th century. Then, after that it disappears from the map.
It seems Manumuskin was a settlement centered around the Fries Mill (where the workers lived etc.) I wonder if Manantico was a settlement similar to Manumuskin was centered around Clark's Mill and was abandoned after Clark's Mill was abandoned Manantico was too. Just a theory. I believe present day Menantico where Clarks Mill was located began being mined for sand in at least 1927 and possibly earlier
 
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I often wonder about the Bennetts Mill area. And what went on there. I’ve explored a little bit of it and found what looks like a vent or something. It feels like there should be more ruins there for some reason.
 

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I often wonder about the Bennetts Mill area. And what went on there. I’ve explored a little bit of it and found what looks like a vent or something. It feels like there should be more ruins there for some reason.
Were these pictures taken of this Bennetts Mill? https://boydsmaps.com/#15.00/39.423706/-74.908410/pines1949/0.00/0.00 I believe that pic you took of that what I always thought was an old well is south of Bennetts here https://boydsmaps.com/#15.00/39.414158/-74.908667/pines2023/0.00/0.00 At first you confused me.I"m thinking I never seen that at Bennetts Mill of which I know that whole area quite well then I remembered that hole is south down at the old home site a mile below the Mill.
 
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Were these pictures taken of this Bennetts Mill? https://boydsmaps.com/#15.00/39.423706/-74.908410/pines1949/0.00/0.00 I believe that pic you took of that what I always thought was an old well is south of Bennetts here https://boydsmaps.com/#15.00/39.414158/-74.908667/pines2023/0.00/0.00 At first you confused me.I"m thinking I never seen that at Bennetts Mill of which I know that whole area quite well then I remembered that hole is south down at the old home site a mile below the Mill.
These were taken down a long jeep trail that starts from Bennetts Mill road and heads south. At the end is the trail there is what seems to be a circle turnaround and then this area with the pit. Just south of this is a stream that I thought was the Big Neil. I’m truly uncertain about the actual names of any of these places. They were just always the places we went to be away from the parents when we were up to no good. Here’s where I park on Bennetts Mill road. Any history you can give me I’d be grateful. I have always appreciated Bennetts Mill road as the last wild and untamed road in Vineland. Even though it’s most likely Milmay. Ha ha.
 

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At the end is the trail there is what seems to be a circle turnaround and then this area with the pit.

That sounds like the place in Al's link above. That building on the map has always fascinated me, have meant to check it out for years but never get around to it.

https://boydsmaps.com/#15.00/39.414158/-74.908667/pines2023/0.00/0.00

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It shows on the 24k legacy topo but not the 1930's aerials. The road shows on the 1980's aerials but not the building.
 

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I know Al or someone will chime in with some more detailed history, but check out the LiDAR here https://boydsmaps.com/#16.82/39.424752/-74.913100/midatlidar/0.00/0.00
The last thing Bennett’s mill was used for was a cranberry bog which you can see by the hash marks shown here on the LIDAR and even the aerials. Same is true for Leamings Mill you can see the hash marks on the map there too.
 

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These were taken down a long jeep trail that starts from Bennetts Mill road and heads south. At the end is the trail there is what seems to be a circle turnaround and then this area with the pit. Just south of this is a stream that I thought was the Big Neil. I’m truly uncertain about the actual names of any of these places. They were just always the places we went to be away from the parents when we were up to no good. Here’s where I park on Bennetts Mill road. Any history you can give me I’d be grateful. I have always appreciated Bennetts Mill road as the last wild and untamed road in Vineland. Even though it’s most likely Milmay. Ha ha.
The Stream you were looking at at the party spot was Manumuskin River,same creek that runs under the bridge only downstream. Big Neal branch meets the Manumuskin at the Bridge in what used to be the backed up pond.There is often no water in it. and 66C10 us correct bennetts Mill was a Cranberry bog at one time.My uncle told me there used to be a graveyard also behind the field but if so all the stones are gone.I thought i could barely deiscern sunk in spots where he told me it was but it could have been my imagination.
 
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Looks like I've got some more exploring to do...

These new muck boots are going to be gear purchase of the year I think. I really want to walk up and down some streams. And I want to look for the site of the YMCA camp [as long as I'm not tresspassing]
 
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Note that any kind of stickers will shred the neoprene shaft on Muck Boots.
I’ve been doing neoprene bootie and boots for years and I wanted to switch to something more substantial. I didn’t even think about the briars affecting them. Thank you for the heads up. I’ll stick to my usual method.
 
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